Traditional Medicinals

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53

Bought this in winter because it seemed like a good therapeutic tea to keep on hand during cold season. Fortunately, I never needed it for medicinal purposes. As the anise/licorice flavor was so prominent, I used it a bag at a time in combination with other teas, to soften its flavor profile I don’t know which ingredient soothes the throat the most, but that effect still takes place, even blended as one bag of this with five bags of other teas in one pot.

NOW—the part I never even noticed until before I drank the last bag by itself, so I could review it here: The WARNINGS!! Dunno about you, but I am so used to drinking herbal teas and blends that I forget that all the different plants which make up herbal teas HAVE DIFFERENT EFFECTS ON THE HUMAN BODY. Especially now that I’m getting older and taking daily meds, I have to start paying attention and READ THE HERBAL TEA BOX BEFORE I BUY IT, IN CASE I SHOULDN’T BLEND IT WITH MY MEDS.
This is the entire paragraph at the bottom underneath the “Supplement Facts” box:
CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER prior to use: if you have low potassium levels, if you have rheumatoid arthritis, an auto-immune disorder or a progressive systemic disease such as tuberculosis, leukosis, collagenous, multiple sclerosis, AIDS or HIV infections; if you are taking immunosuppressants, diuretics, corticosteroids, cardiac glycosides such as digoxin, or potassium-depleting agents, or if you are PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING.
DO NOT USE this product if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or impaired kidney or liver function; if you are allergic to plants in the daisy (Asteraceae) family like chamomile or plants in the parsley (Apiaceae) family such as fennel. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR USE WITH CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE.”

So there you have it—a reminder from me to READ EVERY HERBAL TEA BOX FOR WARNINGS, such as these. Even ones you’ve been drinking for ages—just in case. Fortunately for me, having one bag blended with others over a three month period, the 16 bags didn’t seem to do me any harm, even though I have high blood pressure and should not have been drinking this tea.

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Lemon, Lemongrass, Licorice

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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15

Gosh this taste like burn dandelion root mix with mud together. Its very earthy but i get this aftertaste i could only describe as yuck! I purchased it for its medicinals quality so lets see if it works. I am going to force myself to finish this cause i bought it, but i think i prefers yogi moon cycle better for the same purpose.

Flavors: Dandelion, Mud, Wet Earth

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65

I’ve had this tea for a while, but never had to drink it up until now. I caught a little bit of a cold- although it has not progressed beyond a bit of a sore throat since I caught it three days go. My husband has more a cough along with a sore throat, but not so much for me.

In terms of taste, this is a very strong licorice tea. I don’t care for the taste, but it does provide some relief. So weighing taste vs medicinal properties, I’ll rate this one a 65. It’s not one I drink “for fun”, but it helps when I need it.

Flavors: Anise, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jillian

That’s pretty much how I feel about all of Traditional Medicinals’ offerings

Kristal

Makes sense, but I suppose their marketing is “medicine” and not “delicious tea”.

BTW, although I very, very, rarely drink tea with sweetener, this goes well with honey which helps provide even more relief.

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74

My go-to when I feel a cold coming on.

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96

This tea smells and tastes amazing! Echinacea is starting to become a favorite!

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59

i have a stash at work that i drink when nothing else is availble not bad but no great…good to sip on warm when it gets hot here in dallas i will see if it is good iced

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

I wasn’t planning on buying any tea for a while, but I saw this one marked down to $0.79. It was the Holly Jolly holiday version, but even so, seventy-nine cents??? I mean, how could I pass it up? Besides, I’ve been wanting a ginger tea for my tummy which seems to be frequently unhappy.

My first surprise was that the steeping time was 10 to 15 minutes. That seemed terribly long to me. I let it steep 11 minutes, which seemed to be about right. I can’t smell it, and I don’t get a lot of flavor, really, but I could feel the burn of the ginger. I don’t think I’ll drink this one for pure enjoyment, but it will be nice to have for those evenings when I’ve over eaten.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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45

This tisane is way too sweet for me and the licorice flavor is a bit overpowering. But that being said, it works! A sore throat feels significantly better after sipping this.

Flavors: Anise, Licorice, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This isn’t a taster’s tea – but that doesn’t mean it is terribly unpleasant. It’s comparable to a very toasty oversteeped green tea. After 3 days of headaches that could not be eased by painkillers/ stretching/ hot showers, I drank a cup of this figuring the headaches must be hormone related. It cleared things up perfectly and gave me relief the rest of the night.

Flavors: Bitter, Green, Sour, Toasted, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Merry Christmas Eve Eve :) i am skiing with the bf and his family this week and unfortunately have come down with a miserable cold, a very rare occurrence for me as I don’t get sick often at all, must be a powerful one. I bought some of this tea today and had a cup this afternoon that I could taste and am now unable to smell or taste anything lol so I am having another cup which I brewed for about 5 mins as compared to 2.5 mins earlier this afternoon. Hopefully it does its thing so I can ski tomo haha. Silly Christmas cold! Anyways, the cup I had earlier was nicely minty, mild citrus tang and that earthy, echinacea flavor. I imagine this cup is somewhat similar. Hope it works! Merry Christmas Steepster if I’m not back on before then!

__Morgana__

Feel better!

tigress_al

Get better soon!

mrmopar

Bummer, bad time of year to be sick. Hope you have a speedy recovery.

MissLena

Thanks all! I still have no taste buds on Christmas Eve :( but here’s hoping I’m feeling much better tomo! Merry Christmas all!!

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50

I despise the flavor of chamomile, but was feeling in need of a tea to help relax me tonight. I was pleased to find that the spearmint in this particular blend completely overpowered the scent and flavor of the chamomile. This still isn’t something I would choose to drink for the flavor, but it’s effective and drinkable for a chamomile-hater.

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Strong fennel taste with notes of spearmint. Directions say brew from 10-15 minutes with boiling water. Steeped for 15 minutes for strong but not overwhelming flavor.

Flavors: Anise, Fennel, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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85

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Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

Really tasting the peppermint this time. Hoping it’ll sharpen these dull old wits! The manufacturer recommends a 10-15 minute steeping time, so that’s what I went for.

Flavors: Peppermint, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

A lightly sweet herbal blend designed to support mental performance. The peppermint and rosemary really stand out. I prefer to add a bit of honey. Unfortunately this blend seems to have been discontinued. :(

Flavors: Peppermint, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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60

A slightly bitter, nutty tea. The flavor is similar to coffee. Benefits of dandelion tea include a variety of vitamins and minerals, as well as its properties as a digestive aid.

Flavors: Bitter, Coffee, Nutty

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Backlog from a few days ago:

Two months ago I visited my sister for my birthday, and she made a pot of nettle tea. It was delicious! Incredibly green and juicy, like I had just had a tonic of vitality or something. She offered to give me some of the teabags in her cupboard, but I declined because I figured I could find some myself.

Big mistake going with this brand. I bought it from a health food store about a month ago and it’s horribly dry and dusty. There’s none of that lovely “you feel like this drink is healing your parched throat after a month in the desert” vitality of it.

I’ll try resteeping it with different amounts of water at different times, but this is a pale shade of the stuff my sister’s got.

Ubacat

I found a good loose leaf nettle tea at Starsky. It’s called Koro- Nettle Seed tea. It’s pretty good and cheap too.

Ubacat

I’ll send you a sample of it if you like.

Christina / BooksandTea

I think that might be the same one she has. There’s a Starsky’s in Hamilton.

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89

I drink this every couple of days to help with bloating. It has a nice nutty flavor that’s pleasant enough. I wouldn’t be drinking this just for the taste, but it helps with bloating and the flavor is nice enough that it doesn’t feel like a chore to drink.

I brew two bags in 15 ounces of boiling water and let steps until it’s at room temperature and then I drink it.

Flavors: Nutty

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92

While this isn’t a tea I crave or would drink regularly, it really does seem to help me feel better when under the weather. It has a cinnamon minty flavor that seems strange at first but actually works well. Overall it tastes pretty good and helps ease the suffering from a cold.

I brew 2 bags in a large mug (15 ounces water) and let the tea bags stay in while drinking.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Mint

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65

Very definitely works. The dry bag smells overwhelmingly like Valerian (which is to say, it smells like dirty socks), so I was a bit apprehensive about drinking a cup of it, but once it is submerged in hot water, the smell goes away and the other herbs take over and make it very sweet, mild, soothing, and enjoyable. And it knocked me out. It worked better than the Valerian capsules I take sometimes. I’m betting that TM uses a superior grade of herbs than the company that makes the capsules.

Flavors: Floral, Mint, Sweet

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70

This tea is soothing with a bit of a pinch. It has a sharp Ginger taste that combines nicely with the lemon grass aspect. I made this tea at just under boiling and steeped for 15 minutes. I would suggest steeping for flavor, adjusting the time for the strength.

Flavors: Ginger, Herbs, Lemon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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